Saturday, September 19, 2020

New York Giants Week 2 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

Throughout the 2020 NFL season, we will compile a consensus NFL Power Rankings that averages the rankings of all 32 NFL teams.

Here is where the New York Giants rank in terms of average, best and worst:

  • Average ranking: 29.2 (30th)
  • Best ranking: 26th (The Athletic)
  • Worst ranking: 32nd (USA Today)

Below you will find a Week 2 roundup for the Giants in our consensus 2020 NFL Power Rankings.

The Athletic -- Rank: 26

What we learned: Their run game was a disaster. The Giants performance Monday night marked the first time in the last 20 years that a running back (Saquon Barkley) had at least 15 carries and produced 6 yards or fewer. Daniel Jones had a terrible red-zone interception, Joe Judge was conservative with his game management, and the defense is filled with question marks. But unless the Giants can unlock Barkley, its hard to see them even sniffing a .500 record this season.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 29

They showed some good things on offense, but they don't have the defense to match up against good offenses. The Giants will be feisty all season, but they are at least a year away.

USA Today -- Rank: 32

Little to like about Monday's performance ... unless you're excited about DL Leonard Williams exceeding his half-sack 2019 total.

ESPN -- Rank: 29

Best rookie debut: LT Andrew Thomas
Well, that was a welcome-to-the-NFL evening for the No. 4 overall pick. Thomas got to face a ferocious Steelers defense, and that included plenty of snaps against the dangerous Bud Dupree. Thomas had some good and bad moments. It wasn't a disaster, but it wasn't an overwhelming success. What's certain is that there will be plenty for him to learn from his first NFL game. -- Jordan Raanan -- Rank: 30

Oh, Danny Boy. Daniel Jones was thisclose to finishing off the best drive of his young career on Monday night, an 18-play, 87-yard march that took the Giants all the way to the Steelers' 4-yard line. But the 19th play went sideways, as Jones was hit in his wind up and intercepted in the end zone. Jones wishes he had a play back, Saquon Barkley wishes he had the whole damn game back. The star running back finished with 6 yards on 15 carries against Pittsburgh's swarming front seven. That's a tough game to sit with for a week.

Previous update: New York Giants Week 1 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

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